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Top Travel Tips: How to Go About City Attractions

Assuming that you already picked the place you want to visit as you are likely to have heard a couple of attractions in that area…

And so with that knowhow, you try to check and stretch your budget for maximum experience. With that, let’s help you with our tips on how to efficiently go about a city and its attractions.

ONE. Research on all the possible attractions and landmarks of the area. Knowing one or two would likely lead to more – and even hidden or less visited ones – which would then make your vacation more worthwhile.

For a more adventurous feel, sometimes, discovering on the spot is better than researching in advance.

TWO. While staying at cheaper lodges has its benefits, booking in a hostel not too far or at the center of several attractions is obviously more time saving and, therefore, would prove to be more cost efficient as you could save on gas or local fares in going to multiple attractions as here you would just need to “connect the dots” so to speak. Unless of course the hostel rate is unreasonably high.

THREE. Traveling to any place is not complete if you miss out on the local specialty as food exploration always tag along with travel adventures. Thus, try to know where the most authentic of these local cuisines are available and make it a priority to try them.

FOUR. Avoid, if not, minimize eating at your hotel. Instead, have your meals at clean local eateries. For not only is hotel food more pricey, you could also learn of the place a lot more by experiencing the place itself.

Eating out at night is the way to go in getting the feel of the local culture.

If you are staying at a homestay or Airbnb, then also have home cooked meals – it’s cheaper and healthier than eating out. Besides, you could get firsthand information about the area through the home owner.

FIVE. Buy food and drinks from the grocery or market – and bring some with you in your exploration. Visiting especially top tourist attractions could bust your pocket if you are not prepared. Like, higher on-site drinks and food prices, souvenir items and even entrance fees.

SIX. If you have limited time, do not hesitate to join city tours. This will maximize your budget and your visit of the place. Else, if you have more time to spare, then rent a scooter, a bicycle or simply walk. Obviously in doing so, you not only enjoy the place more but even keep fit.

“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Keep nothing but memories.”

SEVEN. Speaking of keeping fit, while walking is one way to do so, try checking out the local gym (and gather even more information of the place) if your accommodation has one. Else, know where their park is as it is not unusual for people to workout at their local parks and make friends.

EIGHT. Know where the tourist assistance and foreign exchange centers as well as laundry shops, market, drinking water and phone reloading stations are. Yes, you are in the city; but still, it would also be good to know where the nearest gas stations are located, otherwise, where the terminals (or ticketing offices) are including their schedules and destinations other than your place of origin – just in case.

NINE. Know the busiest days, the off-peak days or hours as well as the city’s holidays including local events and the time that the city normally sleeps, if ever it does. This would maximize your time (and again, budget) as it gives you an idea on where to go on any given time and day.

A real city exploration is walking around rather than taking a cab.

TEN. Finally, remember the basics and always make sure you practice them. From being friendly to respecting the culture and its local laws.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: How to Maximize your Trip

Traveling has never been more pronounced than in recent years – what with social media being major in our lives and selfies taking the lead role.

And with that, terminals and roads are only going to get busier with more people trying to escape from all the pressures of life – with an increasing number transitioning from a 9-5 job to one that provides more freedom through traveling while earning from it. However, if a nomadic lifestyle is not your cup of tea, worry not. You could still enjoy your travels by maximizing your trip.

Here are our top travel tips.

  1. Plan your vacation. Sure, planning may somehow take away some excitement in your trip as you already know what would basically happen; then again, if you do not have an itinerary, you could get stuck in one place without even realizing it. Unless you truly just want to stay in that particular place – then you would have not seen all the other beautiful spots the area has to offer. So much so, if your companion(s) also has a burning desire to check those attractions out. Thus, be sensitive.

    Always consider the distance of your destination to fully enjoy the ‘in betweens’.
  2. Choose the date or travel time with the least travelers. This means, avoid traveling on peak seasons. This way, you would be able to quickly access whatever your traveling needs. Not to mention, you would have lower ticket rates upon booking and cheaper fees on just about everything – and yes, with the whole place for yourself and your companion(s)!
  3. Take the night trip. We all know that nighttime is sleeping time, so traveling at night would maximize your time for adventure as you would not spend daytime in a bus just slouching (if you even can) in long trips. And if ever you would use your own car, then consider taking turns with your companion(s) in driving so everyone gets their rest, too. Don’t forget your neck pillow!
  4. Have stopovers and enjoy it. If you want a day trip rather than a night travel, then include the trip as an activity in your itinerary. Stopover upon noticing nice views and when there’s also a gas station with a restaurant – so you not only get to snap pictures but have some snacks and your car checked as well.
  5. Drop by at especially renown tourist attractions you would pass by – or say, a festival you chanced upon. A vacation should be an experience to remember, so. Forget the time for once. This is like hitting multiple birds in one stone as such things does not always happen every day. So, just have fun!

    Experience life on the go by stopping to enjoy its beauty.
  6. Share realtime updates. Since you’re on a day trip, share your stopover photos on social media on the go. Not only would you inspire your friends to explore the idea of day trips, but you would also let them know the beautiful spots to consider and how you are actually doing at that moment.
  7. Take short cuts. Now, if you simply want to get to your destination without any dilly dally, then explore short cuts. Be flexible and prepared though, sometimes the short cut you got to may turnout to be a dead end or a road under repair – or yeah, congested due to some, well, accident or traffic. Just relax then and treat it as part of the adventure.

In the end, doesn’t matter the season – trips can be fun, too, when you realize you could actually have fun on your way.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: How to Save Money for Travel

While we could travel on a budget, still, we would be spending, right? At the very least, we would still eat, sleep and ride on public transport – not to mention that we would likely buy stuff like souvenirs wherever may we go to.

So, where could we get our funds then? In this post, we have listed down a probable ‘well’ of resources where we could try to fetch as much funds as we could for our next trip.

  1. FULLTIME JOB. Obviously, your job would be the biggest source in funding your trip. With its guaranteed fixed income, you would already have an idea of how much you’d earn in a specified period.
  2. PART-TIME JOB. Not only would an extra job speed up your savings, but it would give you more cash which would certainly help in emergencies. So even car washing or baby sitting helps. You could have these on the weekends or just spurn the fulltime job altogether with multiple part-time jobs depending on goals.
  3. PACK LUNCH FOR WORK. Wouldn’t it be more economical to just bring a packed lunch with you to work than buy lunch at a fast food? Besides, you get to consume healthy food here.

    Who says bringing a packed lunch to work is a hassle??
  4. WALK. If your workplace is just about, say, 3 miles, why not just walk to it? Walk, not run. Running or jogging would just drench you in sweat. Meanwhile, walking at your pace would give you a nice daily ‘cardio’ without getting you that stinky, uncomfortable feeling. Just make sure to have sufficient travel time allowance.
  5. CAR POOL. If you don’t want to walk and you have a friend who goes your way, then try to arrange for ‘sharing rides’. Like, having a ride on his car to the farthest point you share a way with. Do you follow? You can do this alternately if you also have a car, and the least that could happen here is that you save around half of your transportation expenses.
  6. SAVE ON RENT. Now we go to accommodation, one of the biggest fixed costs one has to set aside if he were renting an apartment. Well, why not try renting out your spare room? This would obviously cut down on your own rental. Else, move back to your parents – or stay with friends or relatives at a discount.

    Even before there was Airbnb, renting out a spare room has always been a helpful option.
  7. QUIT MEMBERSHIPS. If you’re really looking to save, then consider cutting your gym membership (and other clubs and subscriptions) – instead, get creative by using your own stuff (like, chairs, luggages, etc.) in your workouts. You can also jog outside or even climb up and down your stairs.
  8. CHEAP LEISURELY ALTERNATIVES. Of course, while we know you’re trying to save for travel, it’s also understandable that you’d look for leisurely things or activities once in a while. Thus, make sure to check and choose cheaper options or alternatives. Like, if you love coffee – as after all, it’s probably the most popular drink – go for coffee packets instead of Starbucks. Never overspend, but underspend. Remember, you’re trying to maximize savings, so don’t even use your credit cards instead look for discounts or deals when purchasing or doing something fun.
  9. SHOPPING LIST. Speaking of buying, it then absolutely makes sense to list down what you need before getting out of the house. Yes, what you need – only. Not want. Stick to your list whatever it may be that if you can’t find the item, look for the cheaper option. Unless of course the item you’d buy is strictly specified.

    Whether in a grocery or convenient store, having a list assures cost-efficiency.
  10. GARAGE SALE. And surely, don’t you forget the immortal ‘garage sale’. Don’t concern yourself on how cheap it could become, after all, you’re disposing stuff you no long use. Besides, once you’ve sold them all out, it just all adds up – no matter how small the amount was at the start.

At the end of the day, saving is simply about finding ways – whether you sing on the street or do tutoring. Indeed, life is really just about hustling and certainly, seeking more income or saving money is at the root of it – especially if you love traveling.

Wait. And we’re not even talking about getting online jobs here! Hmm. Unless travel is all you want to do from here on in.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: How to Travel in Isolated Places

You must have heard about it already – an American missionary was believed to have been killed by one of the most isolated tribes in world – the Sentinelese.

This tribe who has a population of just about 40 to as high as 400, has lived in isolation for the last 60,000 years is found in the North Sentinel Island which is under the administration of India. The island though (which is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea) is quite close to Myanmar and Thailand than it is to mainland India itself – has it restricted to visitors by the government.

Moreover, the tribe is said to attack visitors with bows and arrows which was how John Allen Chau was believed to have been killed.

So, how did Chau get there? He paid Indian fishermen to get him near the island to where he could just paddle his way to the shore. The fishermen were charged by the Indian court, however, the body has yet to be recovered.

With that, make sure to get these travel tips right especially since many just loves traveling to secluded places. Here goes.

  1. Don’t. Just don’t. Hey, if you already know it’s an isolated place that is not open to visitors, then why go there? Curiosity and thirst for adventure has its limits – and this is one of them.
  2. Let people know where you are going. Yet for those who has made a similar decision as Chau, or if you were simply caught by fate – call your friends and family as to where you are. Whatever happens, at least, there’s someone who could help you out.
    Miracles happen. Try checking the place if there’s a phone signal, who knows??
  3. Use a drone first. If it’s possible, try to have an advance party, err, a drone to check out the conditions first before it’s too late.
  4. Know the language. If the place is under a certain country’s jurisdiction, then the inhabitants of that place probably speaks the same language (or perhaps has similarities) as the country who has jurisdiction over them. Knowing the language, even just a few words could bridge trust gaps.
  5. Know and respect the culture. Still, knowing a couple of foreign sentences won’t do much if you fail to observe the place’s custom. Thus, it is expected that you have researched about the place. Or at least have a sincerely friendly disposition that’s ready to adjust to traditions when necessary.
    Always do your proper greetings to the locals especially the chieftain
  6. Travel light. Especially in remote areas, it would certainly help to travel light. Oh, can you just imagine how hard it would be to carry ‘half of your house’ while crossing rivers on foot – or climbing mountains just to get to your accommodation?
  7. Wear your most comfortable yet modest clothing. Being mobile is crucial when traveling, especially when in lesser known areas. And aside from bringing minimal stuff, wearing light, modest and comfortable clothes would be best for emergencies.
  8. Have an escape plan. If you don’t have a map or a compass, or if Google maps is not applicable in that region, then it would help if you leave markers along the way. Yes, know the basic terrain of the place, so even if nightfall comes, you’d know your way.
  9. Be prepared. Now, if you do have an escape plan, you should also understand that running or swimming to escape danger should not be your first option. Try to locate the boat area or whatever while moving about. And it would also be good if you brought even a pepper spray – a head start could make a difference.
    A child blocking the door may be a sign from the angels, so take heed!
  10. Just don’t go. Okay, we may have given you useful tips above but the best tip would just really be not to go. These tips are for, you know, ‘just in case’. You see, stubbornness could just lead you to consequences that you may later regret. So. Final reminder.

Be safe. Stay safe.

Top Travel Tips: How to Travel in Crowded Places

Whether you are heading to a beach or a crowded cemetery on All Saints’ Day – or whenever – and especially if towards the weekend, how do you travel and still enjoy when you are where a thousand others are?

Worry not, we got some practical suggestions that you can count on.

  1. Leave early to avoid traffic and be early to have an available hotel room ready, well, unless you have them pre-booked.
  2. Schedule and synchronize your activities yet be flexible to adjust your itinerary. Not only will this save money but it would give you enough time to enjoy your activities.
    Planning makes things easier when traveling to where a thousand others are
  3. If you want to check out the sites, consider joining tours not just to save money but to help minimize congestion as it’s scheduled.
  4. Make sure you have properly instructed your kids (and don’t miss putting an identification tag in their clothing). Like, don’t go with strangers – or do not go too far or get mixed up with the crowd. And have a time schedule and a meeting place if any ‘old-enough’ member would want to have an ‘alone’ time.
  5. Bring water, otherwise, know where to get potable water. This is just a no-brainer, traveling or not, we need water. However, for a place with water issues especially at a peak time, this should be an essential reminder for everyone.
    Potable water is an issue in some places, how much more when it’s crowded?
  6. Don’t forget your accessories (including fan, cap, scarf, sunblock, sunglasses, ointments and power bank) given that you did already bring your necessary clothing as it could be hot and even hard to charge your phone since the place is just filled.
  7. Wear shorts or jeans with a deep enough pocket for your wallet or money. And make sure your handbag or shoulder bag is always zipped and checked regularly, know how sneaky pickpockets are.
  8. Prepare the right amount of coins and bills at the outset and don’t forget to bring extra cash and some credit cards. Just imagine the wait (or hassle when paying for something) especially if the line is long while you are still trying to get those bills changed.
    And sometimes you are charged more simply because you don’t have smaller bills
  9. If you brought your own car, know where the gasoline stations are especially if you didn’t bring some gas with you. Else, if you just commuted then know the bus schedules; for with hundreds of people leaving your vacation spot (or wherever) daily, you could get delayed or even stranded.
  10. Secure your car (including making sure you have a spare tire, tools and flashlight) not just in getting a good parking spot but against possible carnappers, gas thieves and vandals.
  11. Do not leave your belongings unattended. If your group wants to look around or something, make sure one of you stays, otherwise, just try to bring your stuff with you.
    Take turns when you swim, else, leave your belongings in your hotel room
  12. Avoid swimming (or going to places) where it’s overcrowded, chances are the area is already a bit diluted (or even dangerous) that you’d have to wait a while if you want things (or the water) to clear up. Not to mention having a tight swimming or ‘selfie’ space.
  13. As always, it wouldn’t hurt to know where the lifeguard, police, information and health centers are – you will never know if you or someone nearby might need help.
    Crowded or not, be friendly, it’s good to know you could call for help when you need one
  14. Respect ‘culture’ and tradition. Not just custom but ‘everything’. Okay, you may have gone to a certain place for vacationing but then especially if you’re a tourist, it is important to be aware of the time you visited as there might be practices you need to observe. You could tell by the crowd.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: Where to Go during your Break

Okay, what if your semestral break (or vacation leave) is just around the corner, where would you actually have your next adventure?

Well, more than making sure you got the funds for traveling, your travel destination would largely depend on whom you are actually going with – or if you would just be doing some solo travel. And so, before we give you some suggestions, try to answer these to help you decide on where to go next.

Would you be traveling alone or ..?
  1. Would you be traveling alone, else, who would you be with? As we have said earlier, your destination would ultimately be decided according to who your companion is. Like, you can’t just go to the mountains if you’d travel with old, otherwise, grumpy people. All the walking and stuff could just irk them. Meanwhile, being near cliffs or rocky terrain could be dangerous for kids as well.
  2. How long is your break (as well as your companion’s)? Obviously, you can’t just go wherever if you only got a few days off. You got to consider the distance as part of travel time, so if it is far then you would be shaving off valuable vacation time on your itinerary. Too little time might not be worth the expenses – and energy.
    When traveling, time is of the essence
  3. Given that your companion’s availability has been considered, what about budget? Would it be shared or would either of you be shouldering everything? How much is the allotment? If one of you would be paying for everything then be a little sensitive, do not go overboard. Instead, suggest things as if it’s your money that’s being spent while still being able to enjoy the adventure.
  4. Now in deciding where to go, consider what places are in each other’s bucket list. Go for the one that has the most similarities, again given that the budget has been accounted for. Still, to make your trip more secure, enjoyable and cost-efficient consider the season, promos, current situation, reviews and recommendations from all your research. Yeah, do not just hop into the bus with no advanced knowledge at all unless you’re ready for the “what ifs”, whatever they may be. Well, just hope they’re not that bad and with more pluses than minuses, of course.
    Consider the season or where you have not been to yet
  5. Lastly, make sure the weather forecast for the whole vacation is just what you hoped for. Certainly, for while the weather may be unpredictable, any changes would more often than not be just mild unless there was a stormy forecast beforehand – so if you’re in season, that’s no problem. Just don’t forget your kits.
Some Suggested Destinations

While some ideas may be familiar, our suggestions have emotional depth and so, definitely worth the while – so here’s to more fun!

  1. Friend’s hometown. Especially if your friend has not been home in a long time, accompanying him to his hometown would not only be exciting but it would strengthen your friendship as well.
    It would be blast to visit far-away relatives every now and then
  2. Visit ‘long lost’ relatives. While this is similar to number one, what makes it different is that the first one is your friend’s family – while this one are your relatives that you haven’t seen like since grade school! So, wouldn’t it be a pleasant surprise for everybody then? This is like a reunion that doesn’t often happen, so imagine the fun and all those hurriedly put up stories.
  3. Location setting of a movie or drama. Now this is like bringing the big screen to life. Wouldn’t it be awesome to visit the place where your favorite movie was shot? It’s like experiencing déjà vu! Have those selfies at the exact spots, that’d be something.
    Lord of the Rings: Tongariro National Park (New Zealand) – The land of Mordor
  4. Favorite travel destination. While many travels to a certain place because of its renown tourist spot, wouldn’t it be cooler to go to a place with several tourist attractions? Say a beach, a mountain, an eco park and what have you all in one state or province. Like, five birds in one stone! Now, that’s what you call ‘va-ca-tion’.
  5. Popular, otherwise, remote beach. If it’s one of the top beaches in the world or at least the country then that would be great. Still, it would be equally if not more relaxing to be in a ‘remote’ beach, don’t you think? It’s like having your own private island! Just don’t worry if the signal is spotty, after all, you are there for a vacation.
  6. Historical or cultural site. In some ways, this is like suggestion number three yet although the site may not have been used in a movie, it doesn’t mean that the place is so-so. After all, there’s just so many beautiful sites around the world that governments and locals even need to promote them for all of us to know!
    World famous Boracay (Philippines) is about to formally reopen in two weeks time
  7. Trending attractions. These are the newly opened or renovated tourist attractions. Obviously, because it’s new or renovated, a lot of promoting would be done that it would end up #trending. The thing with this one though is that you would be with a thousand other people who could be there, too. Now, that could spoil the fun – so timing is important here.

Happy and safe travels!

Top Travel Tips: When NOT to Travel

There are actually many more scenarios that we could give travel tips on but for this issue, let us go the other way around first – and that is, when not to travel.

RESPONSIBILITY

If you have to babysit or attend to your sick grandma, or if no one could tend to say the livestock – or if your house is not secure and things like that, you can’t just travel. Someone’s just got to do these stuff. We cannot just leave things hanging back home while we enjoy the beach. Responsibility comes first before anything else, so make sure everything is set before getting on to your next adventure.

Responsibility comes first before fun
WORK OR SCHOOL

If you think about it, life on earth is really just either about studying or working unless you are idle or something which then makes you irresponsible in many ways. So if you are not on leave, a vacation or if your weekend is full, you can’t just go on some trip unless you do study or work remotely where you could just bring your stuff and recharge for even a day of fun.

Avoid a burnout, make sure you really got a couple of days free time before traveling
CALAMITY

While earthquakes on your chosen destination (or on your locality) are obvious untravelable cases, let me remind you that rains are different from typhoons. The former could just get you wet (but you could still have fun) while the latter could get you stranded and ruin your budget and schedules or worse, could cause an accident or even death – so why travel if the situation is not good?

Don’t just make ‘selfies’ out of flooding, danger poses in the form of manholes and live wires
SAFETY

Now safety is also different from calamity. While we just gave you samples of calamities, safety is basically about potential danger. Or something bad that has not happened but could happen. Like, you do not just travel to politically unstable countries where there’s so much protests going on as well as armed conflict or things like that, you could just get hurt. And clearly, you don’t travel to places where there’s war or to a known base of terrorists, that’s common sense.

Remember when Americans were warned not to travel to Europe last May 2017? Stay updated
EMERGENCIES

Calamity, safety and emergencies are similar yet different. While we already briefed you about the first two, emergencies are closely connected to responsibility. And while safety is for something that has not occurred but could happen, emergencies are something that just pops up when you’re all set to leave – which could either delay your departure or postpone it altogether.

You’ll never know what a day may bring – so be alert, fit and ready to help
FUNDS

If you don’t have enough money to fund your travel then why would you get on that bus? Unless you’re actually not planning to return but take on an opportunistic journey then we understand why you got out of that door. Still, traveling should only be considered when you have paid all your bills and responsibilities with enough on your emergency funds and ready for the next month at the very least. You would not want to get back home facing some personal financial crisis.

Really wanna travel? Save or make money on the go

Do not borrow money just to travel for fun. Work for it to deserve it.

HEALTH

Well, why would you travel when you’re not feeling well (or if you have a serious medical condition) anyway? Whatever you are feeling might get worse, who knows! Okay, while there are those who gets sick during their trip, that’s during not before the trip – which means they are already on the road that we expect them to have brought their first aid kits for this reason. Of course, unless you’re traveling to get cured (or as part of a therapy) then that’s okay.

Do not exert yourself if don’t really feel well
EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY

Have you gone on a trip to cure a heartache? Many does that too, and it’s fine, you’re just trying to heal. But don’t travel when all you would do is drink and drown yourself with alcohol in a faraway place. Definitely, you would get taken advantaged of. Like, you could easily fall prey to scammers, or you could lose your stuff or get your money and credit cards stolen – or worse, you could even get molested.

Do not travel if you would just keep getting wasted
CONFLICT

How about traveling with an ‘undecided’ mind? You know, there are cases like this, too. Like, you want to take advantage of the free time and the savings you have but you’re waiting for something that you don’t know when or if it would actually come. It’s like getting caught in conflicting schedules or interests. Something like that.

Evaluate and set time limits before pushing through or postponing your trip

This is tough actually. And all because of the uncertainty involved. Sometimes, you end up traveling only to be recalled – or miss out on what you’re waiting for. To prevent this from happening, determine the facts regarding what you’re waiting for. Like, what’s the deal? Call if possible. If you can’t get in touch and after all the weighing – still everything is vague – then decide based on its importance on whether to postpone your trip or not.

In all, we normally travel for business or pleasure yet are there other reasons that could prevent you from traveling? Let us know.